The 400 families fighting back over thousands of pounds of child benefit fines – The Times

When Imogen Hughes was born by emergency caesarean in March 2014 she was rushed straight to intensive care.

A paediatrician had been worried about abnormalities and she was given a lumbar puncture to remove an air bubble in her spine. She spent a week fighting an infection at the Countess of Chester Hospital, and her mother had to be admitted to a separate ward after complications.

Seven years later Imogen is a happy, healthy child who loves football, but her chaotic first few days have led her parents, Ben and Jane, to a court battle with HM Revenue & Customs over £6,467 of child benefit and £1,800 in fines and interest.

It is all because they should have paid attention to a piece of paper

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